Annual Costs

Undergraduate Tuition

Western Technical College tuition is $4,065 per year for in-state residents. This is 12% more expensive than the national average public two year tuition of $3,631. The cost is 0% cheaper than the average Wisconsin tuition of $4,080 for 2 year colleges. Tuition ranks 12th in Wisconsin amongst 2 year colleges for affordability and is the 6th most expensive 2 year college in the state. If attending from out-of-state, the tuition is $6,039 which represents a 49% premium.

The school charges an additional fees of $338 in addition to tuition bringing the total effective in-state tuition to $4,403.

Housing Costs

On campus room and board is provided by the school at a cost of $6,584 per academic year. Students electing to live off campus elsewhere in La Crosse should budget at least this amount.

Books and Supplies

The estimated annual cost for books and supplies is $1,960.

Other Living Expenses

If living on-campus, students should budget for $3,368 in additional living expenses. Off-campus students should budget for $3,368 in other miscellaneous living expenses.

Total Costs

The total tuition and living expense budget for in-state Wisconsin residents to go to Western Wisconsin Technical College is $16,315 for the 2018/2019 academic year. Out-of-state students who don't have Wisconsin residence can expect a one year cost of $18,289.

Citation: Price data from the U.S. Department of Education's 2018-2019 and 2017-2018 IPEDS survey response for Western Technical College and represent reported costs for the 2016-2017 and 2015-2016 academic years.

Costs and Tuition for Western Technical College
Estimated Budgets
Wisconsin Resident Total Budget $16,315
   In-State Tuition$4,065
   Other Fees$338
   Room and Board$6,584
   On-Campus Other Budget$3,368
   Books and Supplies$1,960


What it Really Costs

Depending on many factors including student and parent income and assets, the total cost of attendance may be less than the $16,315 published price if scholarship or grant aid is made available to you.

Net Price

The net out-of-pocket total cost you end up paying or financing though student loans is known as the net price. The reported Western Wisconsin Technical College net price for in-state students is $8,627* for the 2014/2015 academic year. This net price includes housing and meal expenses.

Pell Grants and other Grant Aid

64% of Western Technical College students received grant aid in 2014/2015. The average total aid amount was $4,289. 48 percent of students received aid in the form of Pell Grants from the U.S. Federal Government. The average Pell Grant awarded for 2014/2015 was $4,059. To apply for a Pell Grant to attend Western Technical College, the first step is to fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Net Price and Financial Aid for Western Technical College
Financial Aid Summary
Average Annual Net Price$8,627*
Percent of Students Receiving Grant Aid64%
Average Total Grant Aid$4,289
Percent of Students Receiving Pell Grants48%
Average Amount of Pell Grant Aid$4,059

Average Net Price for In-State Students by Family Income

The average net total cost of attendance for different levels of family income after federal, state or local government, institutional grant and scholarship aid are awarded. Data last published for the 2014/2015 academic year.

Family Income Avg. Net Price
$0 to $30,000$7,464
$30,001 to $48,000$7,811
$48,001 to $75,000$10,216
$75,001 to $110,000$12,099

Average Financial Aid Mix - $16,315 In-State Total Cost

CollegeCalc has estimated typical coverage of the annual in-state tuition and living expenses of $16,315. Breakdown is based on average grant aid and federal loan aid which will vary based on your family income.


Grants and Scholarships

 33% - $4,289

Money granted to you by the U.S. Department of Education, Western Technical College or other organizations. These are not loans and do not need to be repaid.

Federal Loans

 37% - $4,820

Low interest student loans funded by the U.S. Department of Education. This amount will need to be repaid.

Out of Pocket

 30% -  $3,838

Covered by family savings, work or private student loans which you will have to repay.

*Reported Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's Academic Year 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Note that for colleges with no reported on-campus room and board, the average net price has been increased to account for living expenses. This number may not only reflect the net price paid to the school for tuition.

Tuition Comparison to Similar Community Colleges in the Region

School Cost vs. Western Technical College
Minnesota State College Southeast Technical23.5% more expensive
Northeast Iowa Community College Calmar25.5% more expensive
Rochester Community and Technical College21.1% more expensive
Southwest Wisconsin Technical College0% more expensive
Chippewa Valley Technical College1% less expensive

Cost of a Degree

Being a school offering two year programs, prospective students should consider the multi year outlay when budgeting the cost for two years at Western Technical College.

Estimated 2 Year Cost at Published Tuition

At the current published rates, an estimated total tuition, fees and living expense price for a 2 year associate degree at Western Wisconsin Technical College is $32,630 for students graduating in normal time. This methodology for estimating the 2 year cost is a straight multiple of the most recent reported annual total cost and does not factor in tuition increases during the time you're in school. It also assumes you receive no grant or scholarship aid and pay the full list price.

A potentially more accurate but less conservative estimate of a degree cost can be made by using the school's annual $7,308 in-state net price as the basis. Applying this cost over 2 would estimate the cost of a degree at $14,616**

**Based on a 2 year multiple of Average Annual Net Price for in state students receiving grant or scholarship aid reported to the U.S. Department of Education's 2014-2015 IPEDS Survey. Financial aid is only available to those who qualify. Consult this school's net price calculator for further understanding of your potential net price.

Other Costs

Estimated Cost Per Semester

Most colleges don't charge students on an annual basis but instead require payment semester by semester. If you ever need to take an additional semester of classes to complete you degree you shouldn't have to pay for a full academic year. These our estimated costs for a semester at Western Technical College.

Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$2,032
Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$8,158
Non-Wisconsin Resident Tuition Per Semester$3,020
Non-Wisconsin Resident Total Cost Per Semester$9,144

Cost Per Credit Hour and Cost for a Class

Some schools offer the ability to take single classes by paying on a per credit hour basis. The reported price per credit hour and estimated cost for one class at Western Technical College are as follows. Per credit costs are for reference only as many schools will not allow students to pay by credit hour.

Cost per credit hour and per class at Western Technical College
Price per credit hour for Wisconsin residents$134
Cost for one class for Wisconsin residents (3 credit hours)$402
Price per credit hour for out of state residents$201
Cost for one class for out of state residents (3 credit hours)$603
Cost for one class for out of state residents (4 credit hours)$804


Student Loans and Debt

The second consideration after understanding the cost of college is determining how to finance it. Some students are fortunate enough to have some form of family financial assistance, but student loans end up financing a significant portion of higher education in the U.S. 62% of Western Technical College students receive U.S. Federal Student Loans with an average annual Federal Loan aid amount of $4,820.

Example Loan Payments and Costs

How much are student loan payments for Western Technical College? Obviously this varies based on a number of factors - offsetting financial aid you receive, percentage of fee you pay upfront while enrolled and the interest rate on your loans. We've modeled a sample student loan based on current Stafford loan rates to give you an approximate idea.

The following are the costs for a loan if you borrowed $14,616, 100% of the estimated average net price for a two year program and paid nothing while enrolled. The total of all payments including interest would sum $18,135.10. This could be your effective total out of pocket cost of an education at Western Technical College. Note that this calculation assumes you don't pay full list price tuition, are part of the reported 64% of students at this school who receive financial aid and you are paying an average annual net price of $7,308. If you do not financially qualify for a reduced net price, your student loan payments could be significantly higher than this example. Use our Western Technical College student loan calculator below to change loan assumptions and recalculate.

Student loans are not free money and must be repaid. You cannot dismiss student loans by via bankruptcy.

Western Technical College Student Loan Payments
Example Payments
Monthly Loan Payment$151.13
Amount Borrowed$14,616.00
Interest Rate4.5%
Term10 years
Number of Monthly Payments120
Total Interest Cost$3,519.10
Sum of All Payments over 10 years$18,135.10

Affording Student Loan Payments and Post Graduation Salary

Can I afford to attend Western Wisconsin Technical College? In the end, the answer comes down a determination if you will earn enough to comfortably pay back a student loan with your post graduation salary. This is an extremely important point to consider. In order to afford student loan payments and still meet all your other costs of living, it is recommended not to borrow more than you can pay back using 10% of your monthly income earned after graduation. If you're considering attending Western Technical College, you need to carefully consider if it will be realistic to make the post graduation loan payments based on your expected salary.

Using the 10% of salary threshold, an annual income of $18,135.10 would be needed to afford a $151.13 monthly payment in the example $14,616.00 loan modeled above. You will need to determine if it is at all realistic that you will be earning this type of salary after graduation. This assumes a loan payback over 10 years. You can change the terms of this example loan using the student loan calculator below.

Estimated Future Cost and Expected Tuition Increase

What will it cost to send your child to Western Technical College in the future? In the past four years, this school's published in-state tuition and fee total rose from $3,507 to $4,065. This amounts to an average annual price increase of 3.2%. Nationally, university tuition prices are rising around 5% per year. Looking out five, ten, fifteen or eighteen years, these are CollegeCalc's estimates how much you could expect to pay for a 2 year degree assuming tuition increases at the national average rate. Estimated future prices are based on the current in-state 2 year cost of $32,630.00. Use the college savings plan calculator below to perform a more comprehensive analysis on future costs and how much you will need to save for Western Technical College.

Annual2 Year Degree
Estimated Cost in 5 years for students enrolling in 2025$21,343$42,686
Estimated Cost in 10 years for students enrolling in 2030$27,240$54,480
Estimated Cost in 15 years for students enrolling in 2035 $34,766$69,531
Estimated Cost in 18 years for students enrolling in 2038 $40,246$80,491


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About Western Technical College

Western Technical College is a two year community college located in La Crosse, Wisconsin.  Full time enrollment is 1,709 and part time is 2,295.  Western Technical College has an open admission policy meaning that any prospective student who has completed high school or attained a GED certificate may enroll in classes. Learn more about Western Technical College at CollegeSimply.

Only undergraduate degrees are offered at this school.

Western Technical College
400 Seventh St. North
La Crosse, Wisconsin

For Profit / Not For Profit Status

Western Technical College is a public not for profit institution. Public schools often represent the best value for your education dollar, especially when students qualify for in-state tuition.

Western Technical College cost and financial aid data source: U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=240170 IPEDS survey data.